Scientific Research Jeanie Nam, Class 5, Due Date: May 16, Genus: Vulpes

Reproduction - all living things have the ability to make more organisms like themselves

Father Fox and Kit

The island fox species that lives on the Channel Islands sparked interest after setting a record for the least genetic variation in sexually reproducing species. Low levels of genetic variation usually put a species at risk of extinction, but these foxes don't show any signs of extinction. Dr. Wayne, a geneticist at the University of California, studied the DNA of the island foxes to figure out how they've been able to survive for so long. He speculated that the foxes might not face as many challenges as other animals do or the people on the island helped the foxes survive. More about this study can be read here.

Adapts to Environment - an organism has traits that give them an advantage in their environment

Fennec Fox in a Desert
Diagram of Adaptations

Help Wanted!

To perform the job correctly, these are the following things that are needed: large ears to help dissipate excess heat, kidneys that retain water and prevent dehydration, thick, sand-colored fur to reflect sunlight, provide warmth at night, and help run faster across sand.

Grow and Develop - an organism must increase in size and change and mature as they go through the growth process.

Grey Foxes at different periods of the growth process
The Average Growth of Cubs

J.S. Fairley - a scientist in the Department of Zoology at Queen's University Belfast. He examined the bodies of 488 adult foxes and 254 cubs -- collecting data on the length of their head and body, tail, hindfoot and ear, weight, appearance, and moult of the pelage. He used these observations to take note of the development changes.

Responds to stimuli - organisms react to anything in the environment that causes a change

Camouflaged Arctic Fox
Diagram of a motor neurone (helps glands and muscles function)

Help Wanted!

To perform the job correctly, these are the following things that are needed: the ability to camouflage, thick fur to stay warm, fur on paws to walk on snow and ice.

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